Welcome to the Damp Pro website. If you are in need of honest, beneficial and comprehensive advice on all aspects of the eradication & prevention of rising damp, damp proofing, woodworm treatment & eradication of dry rot, then look no further. We have made it our family business for nearly 30 years to provide excellence throughout the damp and timber industry throughout Chester, the North West and the UK.
As a Property Care Association (PCA) member formerly known as the British Wood Preserving and Damp-Proofing Association (BWPDA) Damp Pro are proud to be one of the elite of the industry.
Every damp and timber survey is carried out by an Independent CSRT (Certified Surveyor in Remedial Treatments) surveyor who continually studies to keep up to date with new and traditional surveying techniques. The surveyor has no link to damp proofing and timber treatment contractors and therefore provides impartial advice with no vested interest in obtaining damp and timber treatment contracts.
10 Reasons Why Customers Choose Damp Pro?
- To receive an Independent Damp and Timber Report
- Fully Qualified CSRT Surveyors
- Full Members of the Property Care Association (PCA)
- No Commission Based Surveyors
- A Recommended Company
- Sympathetic Approach to Older Buildings
- Will try to provide you with a clean bill of health
- Helpful and Polite Staff
- Quick Turn Around on Surveys and Reports
- Strictly Confidential to Clients.
What is a damp and timber report?
A damp and timber report is a document that is compiled after carrying out a damp and timber survey. Within the damp and timber report it will detail references from the damp and timber survey about a property.
What is detailed within an Independent damp and timber Survey Report?
- Company name, address and contact number
- Reference number
- Date of Report
- Client(s) Name
- Property address
- Date of survey
- Surveyors’ name
- Instructions - A damp and/or timber survey to specific areas in correlation to your instructions and survey scope.
- Property Description
- Limitations and Restrictions
- External observations
- Internal observations
- Conclusions - Making a diagnosis as to what was seen.
- Recommendations - Explaining what damp and timber treatments are needed. Maybe none at all!
- Estimated costings for Damp and Timber Related Treatments if necessary. (Not a quotation as Damp Pro do not carry out damp and timber treatments).
- If necessary a Ground Floor Sketch Plan - A floor plan indicating where problems are present.
Our overall goal when carrying out damp and timber surveys throughout Chester and the surrounding areas is to provide a clean bill of health. We do not have any internal or external influences to achieve sales targets or even sell products; neither do we look for work.
We have adopted an attitude that chemical damp proofing is not usually required as there is a physical damp proof course present within most properties post 1875. In most cases, the properties we survey do not even suffer from rising damp and are purely suffering from the damp proof course being bridged or affected by another source of moisture.
Timber decay and infestation can also be found to be isolated to a small area or even historic and in most cases require no treatment at all. Therefore the use of inappropriate chemical treatments are not needed and as a result, saving you £££’s of pounds. Most woodworm infestations we find are historic and suspect Dry Rot outbreaks usually end up being Wet Rot which inevitably saves our clients hundreds even thousands of pounds in unnecessary treatments.
We carry out damp and timber surveys and have built up a good reputation with local property owners in Chester & Cheshire: - Mickle Trafford, Chester, Guilden Sutton, Vicars Cross, Piper’s Ash, Hoole, Hoole Park, Boughton, Upton Heath, Newton, Upton, Moston, Blacon, Saltney Ferry, Lache, Handbridge, Boughton Heath, Huntington, Christleton, Waverton, City of Chester, Crewe, Congleton, Hale Barns, Sale, Altrincham, Hale, Bollington, Bowddon, Haigh, Bramhall, Marple, Compstall, Thornton-le-moors, Saughall, Aldford, Runcorn, Nantwich, Warrington Wilmslow and Windsford.
In a few cases when the use of preservatives are recommended, we are able to offer Insurance backed guarantees through the Guarantee Protection Insurance Scheme (GPI) for Remedial Damp Proofing and Timber Treatments.
By choosing a Property Care Association damp and timber specialist member you are in safe hands as this means you are using a fully qualified company which are vetted to high industry standards annually and reviewed meticulously by the PCA to ensure high standards across the board.
The Simple Guide Through The Damp and Timber Survey Report Process…
Your first step, call your local telephone number or use the online damp and timber survey enquiry button. A friendly and helpful Damp Pro member will then advise and recommend the appropriate damp and/or timber survey that’s right for you and your needs.
After a few quick questions you will be given a damp and timber survey quotation over the phone with no obligation or pressure to go ahead with us.
After you have considered all your options and should you decide to go ahead with the survey, you will be provided with the earliest possible date and time that suits all parties involved i.e. Vendors, Estates Agents, Tenants and You our client. We can be flexible with our damp and timber surveys and will try to please all parties involved however will always put our customers first.
An appointment will be arranged with our Specialist Remedial Surveyor who will either meet you at the property or organise to pick up a set of keys to access the property whenever convenient for the vendor/agents.
Prior to our damp and timber survey, usually a survey scope will be sent out to you via email detailing our inspection for you to confirm or inspection instructions. At this point if any instructions have been misinterpreted you should contact us immediately for clarification and amendment.
The damp and timber survey would then be carried out at the agreed time and date following your instructions detailed within our damp and timber survey scope.
At this point the survey notes will be prepared and passed into the office. The report will then be compiled describing the observations made on the day of the damp and timber survey after which recommending any relevant works/treatments. Should you have any questions once you have received your damp and timber report the surveyors contact details will be present on the report for you to contact him directly with any questions relating to the damp and timber report.
This whole process of carrying out the damp and timber survey, finalising notes, passing the notes on to the office and compiling the damp and timber report usually takes up to five working days. Once the report has been finalised the damp and timber report will then be sent to you via email.
Our specialist damp and timber surveyors carry out damp and timber surveys throughout Chester, guiding homeowners with damp and/or timber problems or through the selling/re-mortgaging of their property. People looking to purchase a property, first time buyers, clients moving up the property ladder, investors, landlords, property professionals such as architects, surveyors, housing associations, English Heritage to name just a few. All of which benefit from our damp and timber survey reports.
Two Important Credentials a damp and timber specialist should have…
- Independent Damp and Timber Specialist Company Registered through the Property Care Association (PCA).
- A CSRT Surveyor Carrying out your damp and timber survey. CSRT stands for Certified Surveyor in Remedial Treatments.
Avoid the pitfalls of unqualified advice…Please check company and surveyor credentials.
- Mortgage Purposes – Pre Purchase of a Property.
- Re-mortgage Purposes – Equity Release Schemes.
- Tenants complaining of damp.
- Restoration of a building.
- Spontaneous damp, timber decay and/or infestation problems.
- Conflicting Advice from Damp and Timber Contractor Quotations.
- Reoccurring damp and timber problems… Getting to the root of the problem.
- Wanting expert advice from a damp and timber specialist not a builder.
A common enquiry we have from clients all over Chester is that they need a quotation for damp proofing because they suspect rising damp or have been told by a builder that they have rising damp and damp proofing is needed in the form of a chemical injection.
This, in a nutshell is usually not the case. Most of the time dampness is found to be present due to lack of maintenance, bridging of the physical damp proof course or another source of moisture.
This is where our specialist damp and timber surveyors step in to provide you with an accurate and honest diagnosis. Initially, locating the damp proof course/level is the first procedure. Then identifying potential bridging issues of the damp proof course level, or in other instances other sources of moisture ingress that may present as rising damp to the inexperienced surveyor but in actual fact this is far from accurate. In most cases, simple general building works which can be carried out by general contractors can be carried out to resolve damp problems without the use of costly chemical damp proof courses/damp proofing.
A Damp Pro damp survey in Chester is carried out by a fully qualified CSRT surveyor to provide you with the correct diagnosis of any damp problems you may have. Once the damp problem has been diagnosed, an appropriate damp proofing recommendation can be provided in writing with our specially designed damp report.
Call our office today to enquire about specialist damp proofing surveys in Chester by a Qualified PCA registered damp and timber specialist company.
Treatment for woodworm in properties can vary quite significantly and in some cases not even be necessary. Woodworm can be found in many properties throughout Chester; however the key to treating woodworm infestations is to actually know whether or not the woodworm evidence is historic or active. Or if the beetle infestation requires any treatment at all!! When these two simple points are determined by one of our qualified CSRT surveyors, it could result in saving you hundreds, even thousands of pounds on unnecessary woodworm treatments. Woodworm infestations can be isolated to one room or can become well established throughout the whole of a building and can cause significant structural damage. Therefore, if you find evidence of a suspect Woodworm Infestation, it is crucial to get qualified advice by a Woodworm specialist holding the CSRT qualification to avoid the wrong diagnosis and treatments.
When having a Woodworm survey carried out, three simple questions need to be answered…
1) "Is the woodworm infestation active or historic?"
2) "Does the woodworm species require treatment?"
3) “Is there any structural damage?”
For more information regarding woodworm surveys and treatment in Chester, please feel free to contact our office on 01244 490252 to speak to a friendly, helpful member of our team.
Dry Rot is a serious fungal infection that can be found in buildings throughout Chester and the UK. Dry Rot can have a devastating effect on building s and can be very costly to treat and eradicate.
Dry Rot is a serious fungal infection that can spread throughout buildings, through masonry and behind plasterwork. It feeds on timber and has the ability to remove all structural integrity from timbers.
Specialist Dry Rot treatments are required to eradicate the fungal infection following strict specialist protocol. Any person(s) dealing with the infection should hold the CSRT qualification (Certified Surveyor in Remedial Treatments) to ensure that the relevant and specialist Dry Rot Treatment procedures are being carried out. If the essential procedures are not carried out, the Dry Rot fungal infection is likely to reoccur.
When a Dry Rot outbreak has been identified it is essential that treatment is carried out as soon as possible to avoid further damage and further expense.
All Dry Rot surveys in Chester are carried out by a fully qualified CSRT surveyor to provide you with the correct diagnosis and advice on treating and eradicating the Dry Rot fungus. When dealing with Dry Rot you should always use a qualified PCA member company and the survey should always be carried out by a CSRT surveyor. For a Dry Rot survey in Chester, call us today to arrange and discuss a fully comprehensive timber survey by a qualified Dry Rot Specialist.
A damp and timber survey is an investigation into dampness, timber decay and woodboring insect attack within a building. Subject to your instructions, a CSRT surveyor would conduct a non-destructive damp survey, taking moisture meter profiles from accessible areas of walls within a property. These meter readings would then be assessed onsite to determine whether or not dampness is present and the root of the issue.
A moisture meter in the right qualified hands is an invaluable tool to aid the diagnosis of dampness in a building. In pre-purchase scenarios the use of sampling procedures, an intrusive method is usually not possible. Therefore an experienced qualified surveyor with a moisture meter can identify the source of dampness and pin point the root of the problem without intrusive measures.
Once the source of dampness has been identified within the survey you will receive a full written damp and timber report providing observations and if necessary any recommendations to be carried out.
The timber side of the survey would investigate all readily accessible surfaces of timbers for any signs of timber decay and/or beetle infestation. If any defects are found then the structural integrity of the timbers would be accessed to determine whether or not timber treatments/replacement is needed.
If further investigation is needed i.e. an exposure survey to open up concealed areas, then this would be detailed in your report for you to evaluate and request permission from the vendor, if the survey was a pre-purchase damp and timber survey.
Once again all relevant observations and recommendations if necessary, will be noted and detailed within your damp and timber report.
Usually these survey requests crop up during the selling and buying of a property, however is not uncommon to be requested from a property owner looking for accurate advise in regards to damp, timber decay and/or beetle infestation.
Common phrases used in valuation and homebuyer report:
- Instruct a Property Care Association Member Damp and Timber Specialist to report on all internal dampness and timbers of the property.
- Instruct a damp and timber specialist to inspect and report on dampness to the ground floor and sub-floor timbers.
- High meter readings were recorded to ground floor walls, timbers in contact may be defective. Instruct a PCA registered damp and timber specialist to survey the property for rising dampness and further investigate timbers in contact with the walls for evidence of timber decay and/or beetle infestation.
These phrases are commonly used by lenders surveyors which can result in retentions being added onto mortgages until further investigation has been carried out by a damp and timber specialist. Which is where choosing the right specialist comes in to avoid unnecessary treatments and hopefully remove the retentions on the mortgages.
- Description of property
- Clarification of instructions
- Full written report detailing observations of dampness and timber defects of the survey.
- Recommendations if necessary for works to be carried out
- Sketch Plans and Photographs if necessary.
- Costings for works if requested and needed.
- Contact number of surveyor for further questions.
- Assurance of using a qualified damp and timber specialist.
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TWO SIMPLE QUESTIONS TO ASK A DAMP PROOFING & TIMBER TREATMENT COMPANY TO AVOID THE PITFALLS OF UNQUALIFIED ADVICE...
1. "ARE YOU A MEMBER OF THE PROPERTY CARE ASSOCIATION (PCA)?"
2. "WILL THE SURVEYOR CARRYING OUT MY DAMP AND/OR TIMBER SURVEY HOLD THE CSRT QUALIFICATION?"
If the answer is no to the two above question we strongly recommend you avoid this damp and timber company as it could lead to misdiagnosis and potentially ££££'s of unnecessary treatments. Insist on a PCA Member and a surveyor who hold the CRST Qualification. Look out for the PCA logo & Unique Membership number.
From the beginning we received positive feedback from all our Chester clients, initially from the first phone call all the way through the damp and/or timber survey process, up to the day of the damp proofing, woodworm or dry rot treatments are carried out.
Damp Pro members are there to help you with organizing the damp and timber surveys. Once you have instructed us to carry out the damp and/or timber survey, our staff will take it from there, contacting estate agents, vendors or whoever it may be, to arrange access to the property for the damp and/or timber survey to be carried out.
We understand that buying or selling a property is one of the most stressful times in the world, however once the instructions have been given, our staff will provide you with a service you will not forget and hopefully recommend. Our experienced Damp Pro personnel will help you through the buying or selling of the property, putting your mind at ease.
Many previous clients have come back to us and given us positive feedback informing us how we had saved them hundreds even thousands of pounds on unnecessary damp proofing, woodworm and dry rot eradication treatments.
This was achieved by our specialist damp and/or timber survey, carried out by a professional, knowledgeable and helpful damp and timber surveyor.
Our role is to correctly diagnose rising damp, woodworm, dry rot, wet rot and any other source of damp ingress and timber decay correctly, and provide you with a cost effective if not treatment free solution to eradicate the damp or timber decay problem you may have.
Damp and Timber Surveys
A damp and timber survey is one of the most common instructions you will receive from a building surveyor’s report today when buying a property.
The initial thoughts going through your mind may be that the property is falling down, there might be timber decay or woodworm in the timber floors or the damp is so bad that thousands of pounds are going to have to be spent to rectify the problem.
Don’t Worry!! It may sound worse than it actually is! You have to understand that if a building surveyor picks up a high moisture meter reading in a wall or discovers some woodworm flight holes he has to instruct a PCA (Property Care Association) damp and timber specialist to investigate the extent of the damp ingress and the timber infestation and/or decay.
The questions that need to be answered are:-
What form of dampness has the surveyor picked up and does it require any treatment, if so to what extent ??
Is the woodworm infestation active or not, or does the wood boring insect in question require any treatment at all ??
Or is the suspect dry rot, actually wet rot and all that needs to be done is eliminate the source of moisture, cut out the wet rot infected timbers and replace them with pretreated timbers of the same dimensions, at the same time isolating them from the masonry with a Damp Proof Membrane ??
We must stress that the correct diagnosis of damp, woodworm and wet/dry rot is most important to achieve the best possible outcome. This can be achieved by instructing one of our specialist damp and timber surveyors to carry out an extensive investigation on any damp ingress or timber decay problem you may have.
Our specialist Certiied damp and timber decay surveyor has been through years of studying and training to become a specialist damp and timber surveyor to carry out damp and timber surveys to PCA (Property Care Association) standards and to diagnose all forms of damp and timber decay correctly. Our specialist damp and timber surveyor will only recommend the correct damp proofing and timber treatments if any found to be necessary at all.
Timber Survey in Chester
On the day of the timber survey, any timbers that are accessible will be inspected for woodworm infestation or timber decay (dry rot, wet rot). Depending on the accessibility, floor boards may be lifted with the vendor’s permission as long as they are loose enough without causing damage to the flooring. Subfloor timbers will be analysed for moisture content, beetle infestation, wet rot and dry rot as well as making sure there is adequate sub-floor ventilation to keep the timbers dry. Roof timbers will be inspected if safe access is available again inspecting the timbers for dry rot, wet rot or woodworm infestation. Once the timber survey has been carried out the timber report will be forwarded to you via email along with a quotation for the necessary timber treatments if required.
Damp Survey in Chester
On the day of the damp survey with the instructions received from the client, the specialist damp and timber surveyor will inspect all accessible walls at ground floor level for rising damp and any other source of dampness using an electric resistance metre, a non-destructive method for detecting rising damp. The surveyor will inspect exterior of the property for high ground levels, which can lead to penetrating damp at low level and put any abutting timbers at risk of timber decay. External observations will be made and relevant comments on building defects such as roofing, guttering or external rendering will be made in the damp survey report. Once the damp survey has been carried out the damp report will be forwarded to you via email along with a quotation for the necessary damp proofing, if any is needed at all.
Why choose a damp and timber survey over a homebuyers report?
Initially, it would be the cost, a damp and timber survey can be carried out at a fraction of the price of a homebuyer’s survey. Most properties in the UK are constructed of brick/stonework and timber therefore a damp and timber survey will look at the property as a whole subject to instructions and inform you on any damp and timber issues that may be present. Normally a damp and timber survey is one of the last things to be carried out during the purchase of a house after paying for full structural and/or homebuyers’ surveys. These two surveys can be very costly and may only partially inform you of the cost/implications of what may be wrong with a building. It has become a common issue when people are in the middle of purchasing a property to have these costly surveys carried out followed by a specialist damp and timber survey to then find out that there is more than meets the eye. Dry Rot outbreaks, dampness and woodworm infestation for example, which can be costly to rectify. Often, once a potential buyer has found out about the damp and timber issue they may decide to pull out of a sale or in the worst case scenario not be able to obtain a mortgage on the property subject to the damp and timber report. This can be a costly situation for a property purchaser which could have been brought to their attention by just having a damp and timber survey carried out at the start of the purchase process, instead of paying for costly structural reports and homebuyers’ survey.
Top Survey Tip… If you are buying an older house, consider a damp and timber survey first. It could save you ££££’s on unnecessary surveys and at the end of the day prevent heart ache if a property falls through after weeks and months of planning the big move.
How to choose a qualified damp and timber specialist company in Chester?
Choose a Property Care Association (PCA) Member and ensure the surveyor carrying out your damp and or timber survey holds the CSRT qualification. Please remember that there is only one national damp proofing, woodworm treatment and Dry Rot Eradication Governing Body and that is the Property Care Association (PCA). Formerly known as the British Wood Preserving and Damp Proofing Association (BWPDA).
How to check if a Chester based damp proofing and timber treatment contractor company is qualified?
Look out for the PCA logo on their website/ paperwork and cross reference their name/unique membership number with the Property Care Association Website. Or simply ask to see credentials of the company. Any PCA member, damp proofing and timber treatment company would be proud to present credentials as it is an honour to be part of the elite in the industry and very hard to achieve due to strict policies.
Why Choose a Qualified Damp and Timber Surveyor?
The correct identification of wood destroying organisms and the causes of dampness are essential for correct diagnosis and specification of a safe and cost-effective remedy. Surveyors must have a detailed knowledge of the insects and fungi that attack wood, the types of wood used in buildings and their characteristics, building structures, the characteristics of wood preservatives and damp-proofing materials and equipment and their safe and effective use together with the legal obligations of the surveyor and his company to name just a few of the requirements.
The PCA has developed a professional qualification for surveyors which assesses these areas and which is achieved only after rigorous testing of a candidates knowledge, skill and practical ability. Two separate qualifications (Certificated Timber Infestation Surveyor – CTIS and Certificated Remedial Damp Surveyor – CRDS) have now been amalgamated with an assessment of law, health and safety aspects into a single qualification – the Certificated Surveyor in Remedial Treatment – CSRT. Member companies of PCA employ qualified surveyors to ensure that property owners get a reliable survey which correctly identifies the problem and states whether any treatment is required.
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What is a damp proof course?
A damp proof course is a horizontal barrier inserted into a wall/structure to prevent the movement of upward capillary action (rising damp).
Is my property suffering from rising damp?
The chance that your property is suffering from rising damp is slim. There is a lot of moisture that can be found within a building not all of it is rising damp. It is very important that a damp survey is carried out to determine whether or not rising damp is present before you go down the route of damp proofing a wall.
Why do I have to pay for a damp and timber survey in Chester?
No one works for free in this world today unfortunately. Our qualified damp and timber surveyors are providing a specialist service to you which is chargeable. The surveyor will provide you with second to none knowledge in regards to damp and timber problems followed by a damp and timber report. It costs damp proofing and timber treatment companies to send a qualified CSRT surveyors to you. For example, to name just a few overhead costs of a vehicle, fuel, insurances, time organising the survey and time compiling a damp and timber report not to forget the surveyors salary as well as office staffs wages who take a key role in the preparation of surveys and reports. So one would have to wonder how damp and timber companies offering free damp and timber surveys manage to do it!? The simple answer is by selling a product or make up problems that do not even exist.
Damp Proofing, Woodworm Treatment & Dry Rot Eradication Specialists Carrying Out Full Damp and Timber Report Surveys throughout Cheshire & Chester.
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Certified Damp and Timber Surveyor carrying out damp and timber surveys throughout Chester & Cheshire.